Wilson L. Rollinson


Willson L. Rollinson, 86, of East Providence, RI passed away peacefully on May 7th, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife Carmel and family. Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Jim Rollinson and Jean Robertson. He was also the brother of the late Pearl Austin and Ruth Dipippo.

Will is survived by his wife Carmel, of 32 years, his four children Cathie Jankowski, Connie Rollinson, Mark and Craig Rollinson, and his stepson Gualter Lourenco. He is also survived by four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, three nieces, Vivian McCraw, Vivian Smith and Sandy Maher, as well as many family members and friends. Will was lovingly known as “Pops.” He was a family man, with a great sense of humor. Once you were his friend- it was for life. Pops provided support, wisdom, kindness, and love to all. He was the patriarch of our family and there wasn’t anything that pops couldn’t fix, or help you fix.

Will was a graduate of Roger Williams University and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He retired from the Foxboro Company after 40 years in 2002. Will was an active member and instructor of the Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Amateur Radio Club. His call sign was “N1DPY.” He loved directing the annual radio club field days, parades, and other club events. His radio club friends will remember him from Sunday morning breakfast at Bliss Dairy.

Pops will be missed dearly.

Due to the current state of the coronavirus crisis, a private family prayer service will take place at Perry-McStay Funeral Home. Friends and family are invited to view a live video stream on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to, The American Cancer Society, P.O. BOX 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or St. Martha’s Church, 2595 Pawtucket Ave, East Providence, RI 02914.


A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. in St. Martha’s Church, 2595 Pawtucket Ave, East Providence with Military Honors to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.


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Terry Martin from Cossayuna, NY & Fort Pierce, FL wrote on October 5, 2020 at 11:16 am:
Will was one of the good guys at Foxboro and Sturdy. RIP 73 Terry, W4AON
Cathie Jankowski from Coventry RI wrote on May 11, 2020 at 1:17 pm:
"Pops".. you will always be my Dad..I love you now and forever..hugs and kisses and with a lot of tears your daughter Cathie❤xoxo
Craig Rollinson from Harrison, Nebraska wrote on May 11, 2020 at 11:19 am:
I'll see you when God comes to wake us all up. 'till then sleep peacefully Dad. I Love you.
Yolanda Kennedy from Cranston wrote on May 11, 2020 at 10:36 am:
My condolences to the entire family. May God give you strength and peace during this hard time. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you Cathy, Tanya and Bri. I love you all
Michael Salamon from WARREN wrote on May 11, 2020 at 10:22 am:
Until we meet again Pops. We will see you on the other side. I love you❤️
Vicky and Denis from Riverside wrote on May 11, 2020 at 10:20 am:
Will was a good neighbor and someone I enjoyed chatting with when we both took a break from doing yard work. I will miss those talks. 😢 love and prayers to the family 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Mark Rollinson from Huntsville wrote on May 11, 2020 at 9:09 am:
Goodbye Dad--It is your time to rest---You will always be loved Your Son Mark
Alcina brown from Swansea wrote on May 10, 2020 at 3:19 pm:
Love you pops from alcina brown and Bob brown. Love
Clayton Coleman from Glen Rose, Texas wrote on May 10, 2020 at 12:55 pm:
I first met Will in 1998 when I moved to Massachusetts. Will and I both worked for The Foxboro Company, though in different departments. He introduced me to many new friends through both the company club and the Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club. Will was both the rock foundation and glue of both clubs for many years. He was always working behind the scenes to make things happen, help people, and provide good feedback (some would call constructive criticism.) His methods of helping people grow and learn in their love of ham radio are the best I've ever seen. I miss sharing many wonderful times with him at club events, Wetherlaine's in Attleboro, and especially the annual ragchew at Mario's house. I'm very fortunate to have known Will. I count it as a blessing he was my good friend in amateur radio. 73, Clayton W5PFG
Filomena Silva from Pawtucket RI wrote on May 10, 2020 at 8:55 am:
Carmel I'm so sorry for your loss he will be sadly missed may god comfort you RIP Will
Glenn Doucette from Rehoboth wrote on May 9, 2020 at 4:08 pm:
So sorry for your loss. You will be missed dear friend.
Luisa luis from Pawtucket wrote on May 9, 2020 at 12:28 pm:
Im so sorry for your family's loss may god rest his soul pop u always had a smile on your face everytime i seen you we had some good laughs u will be very missed love you
Tina Hooper from Coventry wrote on May 9, 2020 at 11:13 am:
CJ so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
Gary and Maria Oliver from East Providence wrote on May 8, 2020 at 1:03 pm:
Cathie and family so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Gary and Maria Oliver